Laurence was a pupil at John Ruskin from 1969 to 1975 and maintained a keen interest in developments at John Ruskin throughout his professional life. Laurence qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and spent his entire career working in the City of London. He was a partner at DAC Beachcroft from 1987 and spent his time as a corporate lawyer regularly undertaking work in the Education Sector. Laurence became the Senior Partner of DAC Beachcroft’s London Office in 2012. Laurence retired from DAC Beachcroft in April 2016 and now spends his time on an assortment of business and charitable activities.